Founder - Artist Director
Agathe Leimoni is born in Athens. She obtained her Diplomas of Piano (class:Gerassimos Kakalis), Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue (class:Andrea Carbone), with the highest distinctions in Greece and continued her musical studies in Italy, obtaining the Diploma of Piano (class: Luigi Mostacci, State Conservatory of Bologna).She has been a student of Julia and Konstantin Ganev for several years.She has attended the class of “Perfectionnement” at the “Ecole Normale de Musique” in Paris, for two years, with Germaine Mounier and Young Shin An.Since her childhood, she has participated in many master classes of famous pianists who have commented her special musical nature, her brio and sensibility and received prizes and distinctions in various International Competitions.
Thelma Da Capo
Thelma Da Capo
Thelma Da Capo
Founder - Artist Director
Agathe Leimoni is born in Athens. She obtained her Diplomas of Piano (class:Gerassimos Kakalis), Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue (class:Andrea Carbone), with the highest distinctions in Greece and continued her musical studies in Italy, obtaining the Diploma of Piano (class: Luigi Mostacci, State Conservatory of Bologna).
She has been a student of Julia and Konstantin Ganev for several years.
She has attended the class of “Perfectionnement” at the “Ecole Normale de Musique” in Paris, for two years, with Germaine Mounier and Young Shin An.
Since her childhood, she has participated in many master classes of famous pianists who have commented her special musical nature, her brio and sensibility and received prizes and distinctions in various International Competitions.
She has given a lot of recitals in Europe (Greece, Italy, Germany, France, England, Bulgaria, Belgium, Norway, Austria, Russia and Rumania), in South and Central America (Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico), participating also in many important Festivals.
She has performed as a soloist in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Rumania and Uruguay with the Orchestras of Athens, Thessaloniki, Bologna, Napoli, Sliven, Arad, Russe, Sibiu and Montevideo. She has been a member of Jury and President in many National and International Musical Competitions, in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, France, Spain and Rumania.
She is a piano Professor and Head of the Piano Department at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and in Pythagorio Conservatory of Athens.
Since 2007 she is Professor at Schola Cantorum of Paris, where many of her students have graduated the last years, obtaining the superior Diplomas with the highest distinctions.
Since 2010 she is a regular Professor at the International Piano Academy of Belgium ”Primavera Pianistica”.
Since 2013 she has been nominated Visiting Professor at the Gnessin’s Music Academy of Moscow, starting a new artistic collaboration between the Russian Academy and the Helleneic Conservatory.
She has given master classes in Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway and South America with great success.
She has been teaching since the age of 16, and her successful pedagogical career has established her as one of the most promising Professors of piano in Greece and abroad. She has been travelling with her students in many countries and has offered them the chance to experience many musical opportunities and international events. Her pupils have won many prizes in National and International Competitions and have been distinguished abroad.
She has been awarded the golden medal of UNESCO and a special Diploma as a honorary member of the ‘CH.O.N.’ Musical Association of Greece, for her unique teaching and artistic contribution.
She has been awarded the Golden Medal of the “Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers” and she has been acclaimed as the best pedagogue in the International Music Competition “Music and Earth” – Sofia 2006, for her pupils’ success.
She has been presented as a Soloist and Professor several times by the radio and tv in Greece and abroad . She has been interviewed by various newspapers and channels and received very enthusiastic critics from journalists in Greece and abroad.
She is Vice President of ‘CH.O.N.’ Musical Association of Greece.
She is the founder and Artistic Director of the ‘International Seiler Piano Competition – Rhodes 2004′, the ‘International Piano Festival- Rhodes 2004′, the ‘International Seiler Summer Piano Academy – Rhodes 2005′ ,the ‘International Seiler Piano Competition and Festival–Rethymno 2006′ and the International Summer Piano Academy and Festival of Poros since 2009.
Raquel Boldorini - Uruguay
Studied in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the National Conservatory of Music. Post-graduate work included studies with Eliane Richepin, Marguerite Long, Leon Fleisher, Sergio Lorenzo and Maria Tipo.
A major prizewinner, has won awards at the following competitions: Vercelli (Italy), Recife (Brazil), Vina del Mar (Chile), and Lalewicz (Argentina).
In 1975 received a scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival where she won a prize to play a Mozart Concerto.
She has played recitals in all major cities of Latin America, USA, France, Spain, Italy, England, Germany, Greece, Taiwan and Russia.
The review in the New York Times was “bejeweled playing could hardly be more expert or sympathetically in tune with the material”. Hailed as “an aristocrat of the piano” (Washington Post). She has been praised for her “pianistic experience and superb sensitivity” (The Post and Courier, Charleston SC). And for her “bewitching musical personality” (La Razon, Buenos Aires)
Lilia Boyadjieva - Bulgaria
Lilia Boyadjieva’s playing has won widespread acclaim:
“Powerful and delicate, masterful and idiomatic” – “Intensity of purpose and bold dynamic control” – “Lyrical, mercurial reading as well as a strong one” – “Power of expression allied to extreme emotional tension”
Audiences at every performance are invariably enthralled, surprised, sometimes disturbed but never indifferent. With unwavering conviction, she has interpreted works from the full spectrum of the established repertoire: from J.S. Bach – for whose music she entertains a very deep admiration and appreciation – to the 20th century music, for which she feels a special affinity – working exhaustively on Samuel Barber and Shostakovich as well as on most Bulgarian and Greek composers – through the standard classical, romantic and post-romantic works.
Her recording of Barber’s complete piano works has been praised by Fanfare Magazine (March/April 1997) as : ” probably the most valuable CD solely devoted to Barber’s keyboard music.” In particular, her interpretation of the Barber Sonata (op. 26), “played with an extraordinary combination of power and delicacy, is one of the finest readings on record.” Among critics, the consensus is that her strong interpretative skills bring new dimensions to familiar works, in addition to being both inspiring and exciting.
Born and educated in Sofia, Bulgaria, she completed her studies at the Moscow Conservatory « P. I. Tschaikovsky », with Professor T. D. Gutman. Her awards at international piano competitions include prizes at Senigalia (Italy – 1979), Vianna da Motta (Portugal – 1983), Maria Callas (Greece – 1985) and more.
Lilia Boyadjieva pursues a brilliant soloist career mainly in Europe. Invited by prestigious Festivals (Montpellier, Auvers-sur-Oise, Sofia, Athens) she performs in recitals as a soloist, with orchestras and with chamber music ensembles in various countries. Radio and television organizations in different countries often broadcast her concerts.
Very appreciated for her teaching abilities, she has taught at the Sofia Musical Academy, in Athens and Paris (CNR, Schola Cantorum). She gives numerous master classes in Greece, France and the U.S.
The American label ARTEK Recordings has recently published her CD “Around the Fugue” – a polyphonic journey from Bach until today – wonderfully brought forth by her exceptional talent. A new Shostakovich CD (2nd Sonata, 24 Preludes and 3 Fantastic Dances) has been produced by the same label in 2009.
Massimiliano Ferrati - Italy
Massimiliano Ferrati is one of the most impressive Italian musicians of his generation, renowned for his extraordinary musicality, tecnical strengh and charismatic performances. Grand Pirx Winner at “Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition” in Monza and Bronze Medal at “Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition” in Tel Aviv, he obtained prizes also at “UNISA Inter. Piano Comp.” in Pretoria (special prize for the "best performance of the Russian piece": Musorgskij's Pictures at an Exhibition), at the "Esther Honens Inter. Piano Comp." in Calgary, at the “Dublin Inter. Piano Comp.”, at the “Ferruccio Busoni Inter. Piano Comp.” in Bolzano, at the "Alessandro Casagrande Inter. Piano Comp.” in Terni. He has given several recitals in four Continents for the main Seasons and Festivals in prestigious venues, in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. He has performed as soloist with the Israel Philh., Calgary Philh., Gli Archi della Scala di Milano, Moscow Symphony, Roma Sinfonietta and collaborated with conductors like M.Brunello, M.Rodan, A.Nanut, and with chamber groups like St. Lawrence String Quartet, Aviv String Quartet, Quartetto del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, performing with musicians as D.Garrett, S.Ostrovsky, Al.Carbonare, F.Paggioro.
His performances have been recorded and broadcasted by TVP (Telewizja Polska S. A.), CBC Radio & Television Canada, RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann), Bayerischer Rundfunk München, Radio Allegro Johannesburg, Israel Radio Voice of Music, BBC Radio, RAI, Radio Ljubljana, Radio Classica, Radio Vaticana, Radio Nacional Clasica Argentina. He recorded for RS, Velut Luna (Mozart Piano Sonatas) and Brilliant Classics (Respighi Violin Sonatas and Martucci Complete Music for Cello and Piano). In 2023 two more CDs with Prokofiev Piano Music and Violin & Piano Sonatas will be released by Brilliant Classics. Graduated with a first-class honours diploma at the "A.Buzzolla" Conservatory in Adria under the guidance of Mila Zamparo, he studied with Kostantin Bogino, Paul Badura-Skoda (at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena) and Sergio Perticaroli (at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the "Santa Cecilia" Academy in Rome where he received the first-class honours diploma) and for chamber music with Trio di Trieste (De Rosa, Zanettovich and Baldovino) in Duino. He has given Master Classes in many prestigious Institutes and Festivals like IKIF in New York, the “P. I. Tchiaikovskij” Nat. Academy in Kiev, the Accad. Mus. Pescarese, the Cittadella Inter. Music Festival & Masterclass, the Villa Chiericati Showa Foundation University of Tokyo, the Tbilisi Piano Fest (Georgia), the Wuyishan Inter. Piano Festival (China) and he has been invited as jury member in several piano competition like “A.Casagrande” in Terni, “L. Luciani” in Cosenza, Sidney selections in Rome, MacKenzie Scholarship Award in New York, Rina Sala Gallo Piano Comp. in Monza. He is Piano Professor at the Conservatory "Agostino Steffani" in Castelfranco Veneto and Piano Faculty at Inter. Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York and at Tel-Hai Piano Master Classes in Israel.
Igor Petrin - Rusia
The artistry of Igor Petrin has thrilled audiences and inspired students the
A native of Siberia with its endless forests, rivers and lakes, Igor Petrin has
inherited and personified two of the richest and most noble artistic traditions of
the world: the Russian piano school of Heinrich Neuhaus, whose last student
V.Kastelski was I.Petrin`s teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, and
Konstantin Stanislavsky, the great actor and director whose investigation into
the forming and nurturing of the artistic image of the work to be performed,
has changed theatre forever.
Igor Petrin exemplifies in his performing and teaching the highest ideals of
these traditions. From the Neuhaus school, the technical mastery, colorful and
noble renditions of piano works, and from Stanislavsky an uncanny ability to
penetrate into the very essence of a work`s meaning and to create an
imaginary springboard from which to project this image. These qualities have
been heard in a wide range of genres of the chamber music.
As a solo pianist his huge repertoire spans the Baroque to the present era
and he has given world premieres of works of Greek, Spanish and Russian
Many of the students of his class at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki
have profited from Petrin`s inspiring and life changing teaching and have gone
on to win coveted prizes in national and international competitions. Recently
the Russian and French press praised his "refined lyrical quality, the technical
perfection and rare sensitivity which subjugated the audiences"
Marina Pliassova - Norway / Russia
Marina Pliassova is performing pianist, lecture and writer. Residing in Fredrikstad/Oslo. She is a member of the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association. Marina Pliassova is teaching at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, principal / piano / Young Talents; chamber music; The History of Piano Art; she is the head of the piano Department of the school of "Young Talents" at the Barratt Due music institute in Oslo. She is also the artistic director of pianotalentarena "Young Classisc" which is intended to support young piano talents.
Marina Pliassova was born in Irkutsk, Russia. She graduated from the Irkutsk College of Arts, and then the Novosibirsk Conservatory under Professors Natalia Nisvitzevich and Mark Shaviner. She is the winner of some national competitions in Russia, including the competition teachers-performers of the Krasnodar region in 1990 (first prize). In 1993 Marina got a job as a teacher and performer in Norway in the Lofoten Islands.
From 1995, Marina worked at the Music Conservatory of Northern Norway, a music gymnasium and music school in the city of Tromsø. Since 1998, Marina has lived in Oslo. She teaches at the Institute of Barratt Due, at the Conservatory Department and at the Department for talented children. She manages the piano Department of the school of “Young talents” at the Institute. Among her students, about 120 winners of national and international competitions. Many of them are soloists-performers on an international level.
For more than twenty years of teaching in Norway, Marina Pliassova has managed to create her own teaching methodology, successfully combining the traditions of classical Russian piano school and Scandinavian traditions that do not have such deep roots and classical regularity, but enriched this methodology in other, more democratic views on pedagogy.
In addition to teaching, Marina plays solo and chamber concerts, she is a member of the jury of some competitions as well as engaging in literary and scientific activity. She also regularly gives master classes in different countries, a lecturer in piano technique and the history of Piano Art in different cities in Norway. She writes articles, gives lectures and master classes in various cities of Norway, Russia and abroad, and writes fiction as well.
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Michele Rossetti - Italy
Michele Rossetti graduated with first class honours from Milan’s “G. Verdi” Conservatoire, where he studied under Maestro Piero Rattalino, before going on to specialize under Maestro Paolo Bordoni.
He has won various piano and chamber music prizes, both at national and international competitions, and has performed both solo and as a member of various chamber music ensembles, in Italy and abroad, where his work has been greeted with acclaim by the public and critics alike. He has made recordings for the Italian State Broadcasting company RAI, and has edited the works of several lesser-known 19th century Italian composers for the “Quadrivium” record label. As a member of a number of duos featuring Ciro Scarponi, Mario Ancillotti, Lorenzo Lucca, Guido Arbonelli and Roberto Fabbriciani, Michele Rossetti has recorded works for the Hyperprism record label.
Since 2006 he has been performing in duo with the violinist Katia Ghigi.
As well as playing as a concert pianist, Michele also teaches, regularly holding specialization courses at the Foligno International Music Master ( Italy), at the Poros Summer Piano Academy (Greece), at the Tirana Music Festival (Albania), in Gubbio Summer Festival (Italy), at the Académie Musicale Internationale de Colombes (Paris) and elsewhere.
He edited the anthology “Conoscere Suonando” – a guided journey through the world of the piano – for the publishers Nuova Carisch-Warner Bros. He is the Artistic Director of the International Piano competition “Città di Spoleto” held in Città di Spoleto (Italy) https://www.strumentiemusicafestival.com and Artistic Director of the International Courses held in Foligno (Italy) http://www.umbriaclassica.com
He is often invited to be a member of the jury at National and International Competitions.
Rafael Salinas - Spain
Rafael Salinas was born in Valencia where he studied psychology at the University, and piano in the Conservatory. He continued his post-graduate studies in the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (Russia). There, he became a Doctor in Art Sciences (Ph. D.) and Doctor in Musical Arts (D.M.A) under the direction of Dr. Leonid Gakkel.
In Saint Petersburg, Rafael studied with such important professors as L.N.Sintsev (piano), L. Zhafran (chamber music) and A. Milka (musicology), regularly attending the orchestra conducting lessons of Ilya Musin. He also received advice from maestros such as J. Achucarro, J. Soriano, V. Merzhanov and N. Perelman.
Being interested in specialized music education (gifted and talented children) Rafael Salinas carefully studies the experience of different centers as Specialized Music School in Saint Petersburg or Purcell School in London and participated in many international conferences dedicated to this subject. He was also a member of European Council for High Ability and designed a project for the creation of a Junior Department in Sant Gregori Music School in Barcelona.
Rafael Salinas is the author of a number of articles published in the specialized press as well as a biography on the eminent Spanish pianist Luis Galve (1908-1995). On repeated occasions, Mr.Salinas was invited as a jury member by national and international competitions and as a visiting scholar in Universities, Conservatories and Musical Schools of Europe and Asia.
For a long time, he combines teaching and researching with performing. Rafael Salinas plays in concert halls of Spain and Europe. Many of his students have been awarded in international competitions. He has been a professor in the University Jaume I in Castello (Valencia) and nowadays he is a professor of Piano & Musical Performance Studies at ESMUC (Superior School of Music of Catalunya) and Professor of Historical Performance at VIU (Valencian International University).
Borislava Taneva - Bulgaria
Borislava Taneva is a pianist-performer, a composer, a pedagogue, a chamber
musician, an organiser of musical events. Her active participation in the
contemporary cultural life in Bulgaria and abroad defines her as a successful,
Borislava Taneva has been a laureate of national and international piano, chamber music and composition competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway etc.
She has performed multiple recitals in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Brasil, Switzerland, Lithuania, Israel, France, Norway, Macedonia, Spain, etc. After her graduation Borislava Taneva started work as an assistant professor in the Piano Department of the Performance Faculty of the National Music Academy /NMA/ in Sofia. Currently she is a piano and pedagogical practice professor at NMA in Sofia and vice rector of the Academy. In 2012 a Doctor`s degree (PHD) was conferred on Borislava Taneva. For several years she had great success, teaching Interpretation of Contemporary Music in Athens.
She gives masterclasses and delivers seminars on various topics at music colleges and academies in Europe, Brasil, USA, Singapore etc. Prof. Taneva has appeared as a jury member in many national and international piano competitions in Greece, France, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Singapore, Serbia, Spain, Bulgaria etc.
Her students have been awarded with numerous of prizes from national and international forums and competitions.
Borislava Taneva is a desired and preferred partner of many Bulgarian composers She creates mainly chamber music and vocal music as well as songs and music for children. She is the author of several opuses of piano pieces for beginners, edited by MUSICA FERRUM in London.
She is the founder and a member of the Swiss-Bulgarian Association of Culture – SBAC, based in Geneva.
B. Taneva was awarded with special prizes for her contribution to Bulgarian culture.
Alexander Vassilenko - Bulgaria
was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated “Lyubomir Pipkov” National School of Music– Sofia as a student of Anna Ilievska and “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music– Sofia in the piano class of prof. Julia Ganeva and prof. Konstantin Ganev. From 1991 to 1993 he was a piano teacher in the “New Conservatoire” – Thessaloniki, and the “Piramatiko Conservatoire” – Larissa, Greece. Recently he is a Professor and a Head of the Piano Department of Theory, Composition and Conducting Faculty of “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music– Sofia, as well as a piano teacher in “Lyubomir Pipkov” National School of Music– Sofia. Mr. Vassilenko is also a Ph.D. of music science and arts. A great number of his students are Prize winners of many international piano competitions in Bulgaria and other countries (Italy, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Greece, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia). They have won approximately two hundred First, Second and Third prizes, as well as numerous Special awards.
As a solo performer, Al. Vassilenko is a prize winner of Usti nad Labem International Piano Competition – Czech Republic, Salerno Inrnational Piano Competition – Italy, Senigallia International Piano Competition – Italy. He gave a lot of piano recitals (including works of R.Schumann – 2003; Al. Skriabin – 2005; N. Metner and B. Martinu – 2007; works of Bulgarian composers – 2008; integral of L. Pipkov’s piano works in two concerts – 2011; works of famous Russian composers – 2012; J. Brahms – 2013; B. Bartok and G. Ligeti – 2015; G. Crumb’s “Makrokosmos” in two concerts with multimedia – 2016 and 2017; Z. Kodally and G. Kurtag – 2019) and participated in many concerts as a member of various chamber music formations. He also participated in numerous festivals like “Festival of Contemporary Music” – Florida, USA, “Young Talents” – Passau, Germany, “Festival of the Communities” – Vienna, Austria, “New Bulgarian Music” – Sofia, “Ppianissimo” – Sofia, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “Festival of Chamber Music” – Sofia, “New Year Music Festival” – Sofia, “Varna Summer” – Varna, “Festival of The Russian Music” – Bourgas, “Winter Music Evenings” – Pazardzhik, etc. Al. Vassilenko took part in broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Television, Bulgarian National Radio as well as many private media. A great number of his recordings are in the funds of the Bulgarian National Radio.
As well as a solo performer, he gave a big number of concerts as a piano duo with his wife Assya Vassilenko in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Austria, Japan, USA. They are prize winners of “Kodama” International Competition for Piano Duos in Tokyo, Japan – First Prize and Special “Kodama” Award, 1998.
Al. Vassilenko produced the following CD: a double CD “Lyubomir Pipkov’s Piano Cycles”, 2012; “A Promenade Through the European Classics” - miniatures for piano (four hands) with Assya Vassilenko; “Complete Works for Piano Duo by Krassimir Taskov” with Elena Dikova.
The Conductor of the invited Orchestra, "Sinfonietta" of Athens
George Aravidis - Greece
Giorgos Aravidis was born in Athens in 1965.He studied Piano and Advanced Theory
(Harmony,Counterpoint,Fugue) at the” Hellenic Conservatory of Athens” and obtained his
Piano Soloist and Theory Diplomas with the highest distinction.
He continued his studies at the “Ecole Normale Superieure de Musique de Paris”,in France
where he studied Orchestra Conducting with Professor-Conductor Dominique Ruits.He
graduated with first distinction.
After completing his studies,he was accepted as a student at several Orchestra Conducting
Masterclasses:Richard Schumacher (Switzerland),Yuri Simonov (Hungary) and Choir Conduct
ing with Peter Erdei (Hungary).
He participated in the 16 th National Conducting Competition in Lugano (Switzerland) with
He attended various seminars including “Carl Orff” in Austria (Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg-Orff Institut) and “Zoltan Kodaly” in Hungary (Kodaly Pedagogical Institut of Music).
He began his career in Paris by conducting regordings by young French composers (in first performances),ballet music and film scores.
He has conducted varius orchestras abroad,including the “Symphony Orchestra of South
Hungary”,the “National Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus”,the Italian Orchestra “Giovanni
In Greece,he conducted the “National Orchestra of Salonika” at the age of 26.Since then,he
has conducted several high-profile orchestras,including the “National Orchestra of
Athens”,the “Symphony Orchestra of the National Radio (ERT)”,the “Contemporary Music Orchestra of the National Television (ERT)”,the “State Orchestra of Athens”,the “Chamber
Music Orchestra of the National Opera”,the “Symphony Orchestra of Volos”. He has been working with the “Greek National Opera”since 1995 as a Conductor. He has conducted recordings for the “National Radio and Television” and has worked in varius productions by the “Athens Concert Hall(Megaron)”,the “Salonika Concert Hall”,the “Irodio Theatre (Athens Music Festival).
Since 1994 he is the principal Conductor of the “Chamber Opera of Athens”.
Since 1992 he founded the “Protipon Chamber Orchestra of Athens” and since 2005 he founded the “Sinfonietta Orchestra of Athens”,which he has been conducting since then. He has taught varius Masterclasses at the “Opera Lab” of the Greek National Opera. He composes music and he has been part of the examiners boards in varius musical competitions (including the “Greek National Scholarship Foundation”).
He teaches Conducting at the “Hellenic Conservatory of Athens” and has been a founding
member of the “Conservatory Orchestra” for which he worked for 4 years (1992-1996).He
was artistic director of the Hellenic conservatory from 2003 since 2018.Also he is artistic
director of the "Future Academy of Arts " in Cyprus.Finally he is artistic director of the Contemporary orchestra ERT.